I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 174 together.
The number of employees in my Department at the end of December 2018 was 498 in terms of headcount. My Department does not hold records of all of the professional qualifications held by its employees. Some employees may be members of professional organisations in a personal capacity and pay their own membership fees. The Department would have no record of such memberships.
The Department pays for corporate membership of the Institute of Public Administration. In 2018, three individual annual memberships of Chartered Accountants Ireland and one individual membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants was reimbursed by the Department.
Various members of staff are engaged in procuring goods and services for the Department alongside their main duties. These staff abide by the procurement guidelines and procedures laid down by the Office of Government Procurement and act on its advice as appropriate. The staff involved would not require a professional qualification in procurement in order to undertake this work.